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The non-military nature of today's news: Big change from how we've lived for years

Ukraine. Thailand. Venezuela.

None of those civil disturbances are situations that might remotely engage the U.S. military, even if Putin gets all fraternal with his assistance to Ukraine. And Syria, while a war, isn't something I think the U.S. military needs to worry much about getting involved in. Even Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, and Pakistan, the four horsemen of dependable messes, seem to be going through relatively quiet periods. Egypt, I dunno, but it also seems to be taking a timeout.

So, for the first time in about 13 years, I wake up each morning without expecting the overnight news to provide me something new to think about in terms of U.S. military action. This feels a bit weird to me -- but also good.

On the other hand, no one is paying much attention to Cuba, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a massive humanitarian problem there after the Castro regime falls, one that might well require South American troops helping distribute American-provided aid.

Meantime, enjoy the extra 15 minutes of sleep.


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Is high tech making it easier to go to war?

Brad Allenby and Mark Hagerott fear that is the case. They make the argument in an article in the winter edition of Issues in Science and Technology.

I am not persuaded, because there are strong counter-trends. But worth thinking about as you all draft your entries for the Future of War essay contest.

Meanwhile, here is a valiant but weak effort to rebut our Prof. Brooks.